(RNS) — U.S. Muslims are partnering to raise funds to build 50 water wells in Africa and South Asia in honor of the 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque massacres.
Since launching their crowdfunding effort on March 23, Sajjad Shah, founder of the Indiana nonprofit Muslims of the World, and “American Islamophobia” author Khaled Beydoun have raised over $73,000 for the project.
“We wanted to make sure their stories are remembered,” Shah said. “We wanted to leave a legacy for these victims. People have been raising money for their families and their mosques, but nobody has done anything for the actual victims.”
After the shooting, which targeted two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch and left at least 50 people dead and